First response. If I had the skill and breadth of knowledge, this is the History of Christianity I would have written. The title "Turning Points" is appropriate, and for most casual readers, that is what we want to understand about history. We want to know the times, persons, and factors that made a difference in how our faith has come to us. The is the first book written by Mark Noll that I have read, but it will not be the last. He is a gifted writer.
This volume may be too long for a lay-oriented study of Christian history, but is a great resource for providing the perspective needed.